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Task force says US academic health centres need major changes

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:354
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    A US report has called for new sources of financing, increased information technology, and an emphasis on lifetime learning in order to modernise the country's academic health centres. These institutions carry out teaching and research and include not only teaching hospitals but also some networks of primary care doctors and community hospitals.

    The report is from the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve healthcare practice and policy.

    The fund recommends changes to ensure that academic health centres go on fulfilling their important roles–not only research and training, but also provision of specialised care and treatment …

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